Roger Simon: So, we can stop talking about race now?
It was an exhausting, draining, demanding experience. And it lasted for more than a week.
In the 10 days or so since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, all we have heard about is race, race, race.
We talk about race only at moments of crisis, when it cannot be avoided. Otherwise, race is something that, as a nation, we wish we didn't have to discuss at all. Sort of like the Vietnam War, only more so.
Here, the President said, things get tricky.
Obama didn't say it, but Bill Clinton launched a grandiose "President's Initiative on Race" in his second term that was supposed to lead to a meaningful national conversation, but ended up largely a failure and is little remembered today.
"At least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can; am I judging people, as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character?" the President said. "That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy."
Such conversations need impetus, leadership and discipline to avoid people just shouting past each other, as they do on Twitter and cable TV.
And now we can move on as a nation to resume our national silence.
Roger Simon is POLITICO's chief political columnist.
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